Milan Fashion week: spring/summer 2011 menswear collection

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“Chartreuse is a flash of sun, of energy,” Armani reportedly said after the show of his Giorgio Armani collection. Mint and lime green accents and pieces also gave a dash of freshness to the collection By Fareeha Qayoom

By Fareeha Qayoom

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know June is the month for menswear spring/summer collections  but for some weird reason I didn’t pay much attention to the actual details this year until the whole thing was over – I was too busy reading about world politics! But don’t fret. If you are looking for the latest trends for menswear for spring/summer 2011 in store for you next year….here’s a sneak peek at some of the leading trends for next year.

You have got to be extremely fit to wear Armani next year…“There is a sense of pectoral power without making you see,” Armani apparently said. That is to say: Male strength, without the bare chest. “Edgy, dark side of night-time fun” for his Emporio collection, “skinny pants very much defined the male silhouette” for his signature line with a dash of lime or was it Chartreuse? That glowing yellow-green color that was an interesting contrast to Armani neutrals like classic slate blue and gray suits teamed with finely knit jersey shirts, accessorized with chartreuse shoes, belts, pocket scarves and even sunglass lenses but don’t worry, there were easily tailored trousers that a mature man can wear comfortably too. The Giorgio Armani man is comfortable with his hands in his pockets and confidently edgy with made-up smoky eyes in classic double breasted suits; a dash more sophisticated than the leather-clad serious fun-seeking Emporio Armani guys grinding alongside Lady Gaga.

“Chartreuse is a flash of sun, of energy,” Armani reportedly said after the show of his Giorgio Armani collection. Mint and lime green accents and pieces also gave a dash of freshness to the collection.

The collection also featured the technical accent with sportswear made out of ultra-light Kevlar fabric. Lightweight shirts, sometimes textured to give a chunky feel, were worn under vests, or short waistcoats worn alone as a substitute for shirts under jackets. Gingham, a theme in Dolce & Gabbana’s second line D&G, also made an appearance in Armani in black-and-white checked pants that were paired with plaid jackets. Armani also offered pants in bold black-and-white geometric prints. ■

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.

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  4. Milan Fashion Week: Dolce and Gabbana
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    By Hilary Alexander, Fashion Director In Milan
    Published: 8:37PM BST 19 Jun 2010

    In England, we are still hoping for some vestiges of summer 2010. Here in Milan, some of the world’s leading menswear designers are already predicting what the men in our lives could be wearing for summer next year.

    The spring/summer 2011 season kicked off on Saturday with a virtuoso show staged by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the Italian designer duo whose eponymous menswear brand is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/milan-fashion-week/7840640/Milan-Fashion-Week-Dolce-and-Gabbana.html

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  5. Prada seeks ‘simplicity’ in menswear

    By COLLEEN BARRY
    The Associated Press

    MILAN — Two of the Milan fashion world’s designing women — Miuccia Prada and Gucci’s Frida Giannini — like their men to be, well, masculine — but approached the job for next spring and summer very differently.

    Gucci, which showed Monday on the third day of men’s Fashion Week, in Milan, was about fine detailing and craftsmanship. Prada was nothing if not spare. What they shared was clarity.

    Both designers also played with blue denim, which is making a cameo in many collections for next spring and summer.

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/living/2012171585_prada22.html?cmpid=2628

    Italian menswear gets young, bold and beautiful
    Published on Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 10:00 | Updated at Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 13:45 | Source : Reuters
    Designers shrugged off the global economic slump at Milan’s menswear fashion week, opting for bold, impeccable suits to woo demanding buyers keen on wearing something more than once.

    Italian menswear fashion has not been immune to a downturn that has eroded demand for luxury goods, with sales of neckties especially hard hit.

    Menswear sales fell 11.3% to 8 billion euros (USD10.73 billion) in 2009, one of the worst annual performances ever for the sector. Sales of ties tumbled 23%, according to Sistema Moda Italia (SMI), the association that represents Italy’s clothing and textiles industry.

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  6. Embracing the Blues
    By SUZY MENKES
    Published: June 21, 2010

    MILAN — Tones of blue from pale, washed denim to a zingy, “Yves Klein,” saturated shade have been endorsed by Prada and Gucci, among other menswear designers, at fashion week here.

    This choice of palette does not mean anyone here is singing the blues — but there is a quietness to the summer 2011 season, as designers concentrate on quality and workmanship rather than pizzazz. The essence of denim is as decent, normal, popular clothing.

    “Blue to create an effortless elegance,’ said Frida Giannini, Gucci’s designer, backstage. But she was not referring to jean cloth — except when it was intricately decorated with Moroccan beading, in a reference to the louche and luxurious lifestyle of Paul Getty in the 1970s.

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  7. Photos from the Salvatore Ferragamo Milan Menswear Spring/Summer 2011 show on June 20, 2010 in Milan, Italy.
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  8. New McQueen collection proves ‘show must go on’

    (AFP) – 3 days ago

    LONDON — The memory of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen lives on but his talents can never be replicated, according to critics at Milan’s men’s fashion week.

    The Alexander McQueen fashion house on Sunday presented its first menswear collection since the death of the designer earlier this year, under its new creative director Sarah Burton.

    Burton, who has worked for the fashion house for 16 years, “proved that the show must and will go on”, Vogue’s Jessica Bumpus wrote on Monday.

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    But the New York Times questioned the timing of the spring/summer 2011 collection’s outing, which comes only months after McQueen’s death.

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    MILAN — At the menswear shows here, in the space of a day, the weather has turned from heat wave to heavy showers. Rapidly shifting temperatures could also describe the collections on the catwalks. From casual corporate to rock ’n’ roll, menswear seems to be in a state of fashion flux as each designer makes his own pitch for the future.

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    Richard James for John Lewis Following the success of Joe Casely-Hayford’s collaboration with the store, the Savile Row tailor Richard James has come up with a collection of ready-to-wear suits, shirts and accessories for John Lewis. Bringing James’s expertise to the high street means you can invest in a beautifully tailored suit for less than £400. Jacket, £265; trousers, £130; shirt, £60; tie, £45 (08456-049049).

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    Whether you rely on the catwalks of Milan or the windows of Next as your fashion barometer, whichever way you turn you’ll see more male ankle than we’ve been faced with for a generation.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/7950589/The-long-and-short-of-mens-trousers.html

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  20. Military rules in menswear

    It’s beyond fashion. Military-inspired clothing has entered the realm of the perennial classic.

    BY David Nicholls | 08 October 2010

    Apparently ‘military’ is major this season. Yawn. I can’t remember the last time it wasn’t to be honest. Surely by this point, the great coat, the epaulette and the combat boot have become such staples in men’s fashion that we should be talking about this sartorial oeuvre as a timeless classic style rather than a passing fad. To identify it as a menswear trend is about as visionary as claiming that trousers are really popular with men who have legs.

    http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/columns/david-nicholls/TMG8046368/Military-rules-in-menswear.html

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  21. Trading Up
    Wingtips: Beloved, Classic and Now Trendy

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    MEN are from moors, women are from Paris.

    If you wanted a quick way to describe the different way men and women approach fashion, you could do worse. When women flip for an It bag or shoe, it is usually brand-new and recognizable at 50 paces. Men, by contrast, gravitate to things, especially classic British things, that confer a barely, but crucially, discernible drop of cool, like the faintest trace of vermouth in a martini.

    Like the wingtip.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/28/fashion/28TRADE.html?nl=&adxnnl=1&emc=a210&adxnnlx=1290340934-pN+lVDTsyNAzhN7XOnT9cg

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